Monday, April 23, 2007

Religious Schools Help Close the Achievement Gap

Excerpted from Education News.
According to Jeynes, the research shows "that religious schools reduce socioeconomic and racial achievement gaps." It is still unclear, however, "what features of religious schools help to explain the alleviating of these achievement gaps." Social scientists have put forward three possibilities: the nature of religious devotion, a difference in school culture, and increased parental involvement. Religious schools outpace public schools in all of these areas, and Jeynes' research found that all three have a significant impact on academic achievement.

They left out curriculum as one of the possibilities...

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